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2012-07-03

Sport

Tour de France: Sagan wins again

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan timed his sprint perfectly to take a crash-ridden stage three of the Tour de France in Boulogne-sur-Mer on Tuesday. The

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan timed his sprint perfectly to take a crash-ridden stage three of the Tour de France in Boulogne-sur-Mer on Tuesday. The

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Italy's Lega Nord seek second wind

Italy’s struggle to master its debt and deficit excesses by pursuing higher taxes has raised the intensity of protests by the prosperous north. The

Italy’s struggle to master its debt and deficit excesses by pursuing higher taxes has raised the intensity of protests by the prosperous north. The

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Syria: Report reveals torture centres

There is a network of torture centres in Syria. That’s a conclusion in a report just published by The Human Rights Watch group. It recorded more

There is a network of torture centres in Syria. That’s a conclusion in a report just published by The Human Rights Watch group. It recorded more

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Russia to miss Syria talks but invites opposition

Last weekend’s agreement on Syria brought significant shifts in position from Russia and China, according to Kofi Annan’s spokesman. The UN-Arab

Last weekend’s agreement on Syria brought significant shifts in position from Russia and China, according to Kofi Annan’s spokesman. The UN-Arab

Business

Job cut report drives up Peugot Citroën's stock

PSA Peugot Citroën’s shares gained on a report that it is to cut more jobs than originally planned this year in France, up to 10,000. With European

PSA Peugot Citroën’s shares gained on a report that it is to cut more jobs than originally planned this year in France, up to 10,000. With European

Business

IMF urges US to support recovery

Don’t risk throwing the world’s biggest economy into recession with tax increases and spending cuts. That was the warning from the global lender

Don’t risk throwing the world’s biggest economy into recession with tax increases and spending cuts. That was the warning from the global lender

Business

More austerity for Italy

More government job cuts and other reductions in public spending have been outlined by Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti. Despite strike threats

More government job cuts and other reductions in public spending have been outlined by Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti. Despite strike threats

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Unions could escalate Norway oil and gas strike

Norway’s trade unions say they will decide on Friday whether to scale up a strike by offshore oil and gas workers. The 10 day old industrial action

Norway’s trade unions say they will decide on Friday whether to scale up a strike by offshore oil and gas workers. The 10 day old industrial action

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Serbs protest against integration of northern Kosovo

Ethnic Serbs living in northern Kosovo have protested against plans to be integrated into the rest of the country. Roads were blocked in several

Ethnic Serbs living in northern Kosovo have protested against plans to be integrated into the rest of the country. Roads were blocked in several

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Costa Concordia black box data 'missing'

An Italian newspaper claims crucial black box data from the capsized Costa Concordia is missing. More than 30 people died when the ship ran aground

An Italian newspaper claims crucial black box data from the capsized Costa Concordia is missing. More than 30 people died when the ship ran aground

Europe

Finland's threat to block bond buy back criticised

The president of the European parliament has criticised Finland’s decision to try to block the use of the eurozone’s bailout funds to buy back

The president of the European parliament has criticised Finland’s decision to try to block the use of the eurozone’s bailout funds to buy back

Europe

MEPs get ready to act on ACTA

The European Parliament is gearing up for a crunch vote on ACTA, the controversial global anti-piracy deal. Many MEPs are expected to reject the

The European Parliament is gearing up for a crunch vote on ACTA, the controversial global anti-piracy deal. Many MEPs are expected to reject the

News

Caution after Colorado wildfire 'mostly contained'

Firefighters say they have made progress in the struggle to contain Colorado’s most destructive wildfire on record. People who had been evacuated

Firefighters say they have made progress in the struggle to contain Colorado’s most destructive wildfire on record. People who had been evacuated

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Scotland next Diamond Jubilee stop for Queen Elizabeth

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has begun a week long visit to Scotland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.   The monarch will spend the next

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has begun a week long visit to Scotland as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.   The monarch will spend the next

Business

Spanish unemployment falls, more austerity promised

There was some good news on jobs for Spain but more austerity is coming. The total number of people out of work there fell by nearly 100,000 in

There was some good news on jobs for Spain but more austerity is coming. The total number of people out of work there fell by nearly 100,000 in

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Diamond departure welcomed by politicians

Politicians have been united in their positive response to Bob Diamond’s resignation as Chief Executive of Barclays Bank. The 60-year-old quit on

Politicians have been united in their positive response to Bob Diamond’s resignation as Chief Executive of Barclays Bank. The 60-year-old quit on

Culture

No Drift in Ice Age's winning formula

Some of the voices may have changed but the characters of ‘Ice Age 4 – Continental Drift’ are still doing the business in cinemas worldwide. Scrat

Some of the voices may have changed but the characters of ‘Ice Age 4 – Continental Drift’ are still doing the business in cinemas worldwide. Scrat

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Beyond the ACTA vote, the struggle for a free Internet lives on

Only a few hours away from the final vote of the European Parliament on the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the supporters of a free

Only a few hours away from the final vote of the European Parliament on the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the supporters of a free

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Ex Ferrari car designer Pininfarina dies

Sergio Pininfarina, whose family company designed Ferraris and many more of the 20th century’s most iconic cars, has died in Turin at the age of

Sergio Pininfarina, whose family company designed Ferraris and many more of the 20th century’s most iconic cars, has died in Turin at the age of

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Iraq blasts kill dozens as sectarian tensions rise

Dozens of people have been killed in a series of bombings in Iraq. The deadliest blast was in Diwaniya where at least 40 people died when a bomb in

Dozens of people have been killed in a series of bombings in Iraq. The deadliest blast was in Diwaniya where at least 40 people died when a bomb in

Culture

Flourishing Thai film industry braces for new epic

Leonardo di Caprio, Roger Moore and Ewan McGregor have one thing in common – they have all starred in movies filmed in Thailand. But not only do

Leonardo di Caprio, Roger Moore and Ewan McGregor have one thing in common – they have all starred in movies filmed in Thailand. But not only do

Culture

Traveller’s diary: Fantasy and Innovation in Thai film

For our report about the Thai Film Industry we headed out to the set of the huge film production on “The Legend of King Naresuan V“. The film

For our report about the Thai Film Industry we headed out to the set of the huge film production on “The Legend of King Naresuan V“. The film

Science_technology

How SMS trading is helping Macedonian farmers

Gjorgje is a farmer. He and his workers grow tomatoes in rows of greenhouses near Strumica, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. So why does

Gjorgje is a farmer. He and his workers grow tomatoes in rows of greenhouses near Strumica, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. So why does

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Iran follows EU oil embargo with missile test

Iran has test-fired a series of ballistic missiles including some that said were capable of reaching Israel and US bases in the region. They were

Iran has test-fired a series of ballistic missiles including some that said were capable of reaching Israel and US bases in the region. They were

Business

Microsoft writes off ad agency billions

Microsoft has admitted an online advertising agency it bought five years ago is – in essence – worthless. It will write off the value of the

Microsoft has admitted an online advertising agency it bought five years ago is – in essence – worthless. It will write off the value of the

Business

Fiat boosts Chrysler stake

Accelerating towards full ownership, Italian carmaker Fiat is to buy another 3.3 percent of Chrysler, the US carmaker it manages. By exercising an

Accelerating towards full ownership, Italian carmaker Fiat is to buy another 3.3 percent of Chrysler, the US carmaker it manages. By exercising an

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Pilot dies in battle to control Spanish wildfires

The wildfires which have been sweeping across parts of eastern Spain have claimed the life of a helicopter pilot. His death comes after two

The wildfires which have been sweeping across parts of eastern Spain have claimed the life of a helicopter pilot. His death comes after two

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Battle lines drawn as scientology could define divorce

Following Katie Holmes announcement that she wants to divorce actor Tom Cruise, reports suggest the ‘Mission Impossible’ star’s Church of Scientology

Following Katie Holmes announcement that she wants to divorce actor Tom Cruise, reports suggest the ‘Mission Impossible’ star’s Church of Scientology

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Syria: New claims of torture by Assad's regime

Refugees are continuing to stream out of Syria, where the regime is running torture centres according to Human Rights Watch. Nearly 300 people

Refugees are continuing to stream out of Syria, where the regime is running torture centres according to Human Rights Watch. Nearly 300 people

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Syria: Assad expresses 'regret' over downing of Turkish jet

President Bashar al-Assad has been quoted as saying he regrets Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish warplane. He says the jet had been flying in a

President Bashar al-Assad has been quoted as saying he regrets Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish warplane. He says the jet had been flying in a